At what age should i slaughter these cockerels?

jmc

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NONE of them are cornish x, btw, just extras (rir and brahmas)

will be 9 wks old on Mon, June 6th

I was thinking 16 wks?????????

OR,

As soon as they do genuine crowings??????

I don't want a bunch of super tough meat, so i dont want too wait too too long.

Tx!
 

PatS

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Maybe Buff Orps are more tender, but I find that if I rest the meat in the fridge for several days and roast at 325* with some broth in the bottom of the roasting pan, even almost year-old roos aren't tough. The dark meat is a little chewier than store bought, but sooo flavorful.
 

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